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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 36VII l. 6

vétt — weight


1. vætt (noun f.; °; -r/-ir): [expecting, weight]



[6] vétt ‘weight’: Possibly vett (ms. vétt, but accents are inconsistent). Only LP gives vétt as a headword (here for aðalhending with rétta); CVC, AEW, and Fritzner see vett as an alternative spelling of vætt ‘weight’. In either case, this is the only occurrence in skaldic poetry. It is unclear, however, whether the word refers to Christ (like pretium saeculi / heims verð, l. 1) or, perhaps more likely, to the weight of the sin-laden world which Christ’s sacrifice outweighs.



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